Recipe: margarita jello
At the party we threw last weekend I was all prepared to serve up margaritas to our guests because that sounded like a good way to wash down those shredded beef and carne adovada tacos. As luck would have it, only one person asked for a margarita and so I was stuck with a bag of limes after the party was over.
what to do with juicy limes…
I shouldn’t say stuck with the limes, because there’s always something good to make with limes. I should say stuck with tequila because neither of us drinks tequila. Then I recalled a mojito jello that Helen had posted last summer and wondered if I might try something similar with the margarita. I had a good recipe in hand after researching all over the web for the *best* margarita cocktail. It goes something like 2 parts 100% agave tequila (silver, I don’t know what silver means, but basically don’t buy shitty tequila), 1 part Grand Marnier, and 1 part fresh lime juice. I guess I’m a serious lightweight because that was kinda strong for me. I preferred it with simple syrup, more lime juice, less booze.
sprinkle gelatin over the water to soften
fresh squozen is best
I guessed at the proportions of ingredients for the jello. It wasn’t an entirely uneducated guess, but… When I tasted the mixture, it seemed a tad weak to me, so I added more booze. Then it tasted a little strong, so I added more lime juice. Jeremy was no help at all because he doesn’t like margaritas.
pouring lime juice into the heated gelatin and sugar
tequila, you little devil, you
I poured the liquid jello into four small juice glasses, with enough leftover to fill two vodka shot glasses. It took about 5 hours for the jello to set, perhaps because I had too much booze in the recipe?
divvying up the jello
The jello tasted tart and strong. Isn’t that what margaritas are supposed to be? I wasn’t sure. I had my friend, Beth taste test one since she’s had margaritas aplenty. She puckered her lips and squinted her eyes. Beth said it was “good” but perhaps too much lime and “whoa! that’s kinda strong, JenJen.” Huh. I didn’t mean for people to get drunk off of the jello, just to enjoy a jiggly margarita. I’ve reduced the amount of booze and lime juice in the recipe below, but if you try this and find a perfect tweak – leave me a comment and let me know :)
potent little buggers
1 tbsp powdered gelatin
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup tequila (100% agave)
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup of water and allow to soften for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the water and the sugar to the saucepan and stir over medium-high heat until sugar and gelatin are dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir in the lime juice, tequila, and Grand Marnier (taste it and adjust ingredients accordingly). Pour the jello liquid into a mold or small serving glasses and refrigerate for several hours until set. Serve cold.